Today was a good Friday. Our annual third-floor potluck luck was highlighted by freshly made carne asada tostadas by Rolando Cantu. First Mexican-born NFL player, and a killer chef to boot.
Of course, I’m not sure that has any affect on Sunday’s game. I’m guessing no. But I’m trying to go glass half-full here. I am sure optimism isn’t warranted until it’s earned, and the way Sam Bradford has been playing the Rams have to be feeling confident. I mean, they might have been a crucial Steve Breaston strip away from beating the Cards the first time, and that was Bradford’s first NFL start, not his 13th.
But this team isn’t going winless the rest of the way. They just aren’t, no matter what funk they are in. Is this the weekend to snap it? Is the way they seem to have rallied around Derek Anderson after his version of the Monday Night Meltdown translate? (Oh, I am imagining the comments below already). The Rams haven’t won back-to-back road games since 2007. The Cards have beaten the Rams eight straight times.
I’m not predicting anything. The Cardinals have to play better. It is disconcerting to hear Adrian Wilson talk about guys communicating poorly on defense (and getting in the wrong spots) still, even though we are this deep in the season. The offense has never found any kind of steady rhythm all season. These are the major things working against the Cards, and again, they have to earn any kind of trust/respect/prediction right now.
— There will be a toy drive at University of Phoenix Stadium before the game. Cheerleaders and personnel from Chicanos Por La Causa will collect new unwrapped toys and monetary donations outside each stadium entrance. Donations benefit the “Angeles Del Barrio” program that distribute toys to more than 13,000 needy kids in Phoenix and San Luis.
— Linebacker O’Brien Schofield is feeling pretty good, although he wishes he could ditch the brace he must wear on his knee. “I told them they are going to see me run down the field one day and it’s going to come off like I’m Forrest Gump,” Schofield said with a laugh. He will wear it through the season, but insisted he’s going to find a way to rid himself of it in the offseason.
— That’s when Schofield plays to build up his legs, period. He weighed about 246 in college. He got down to 221 after his knee injury, and is back to 244. He wants to play between 248 and 250, weight he plans to build in his legs.
— Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, on special teams demon/kick-return star LaRod Stephens-Howling: “LaRod has been lights out. You want to pick an MVP, he’s hands down the guy.”
— It’s very clear they are waiting for John Skelton until next year and that it’s always been the plan. Hopefully, that answers everyone’s questions.
— Tackle Jeremy Bridges was fined $20,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty Monday against the 49ers for hitting a player in the head. The league pointed out it was Bridges’ fifth such infraction since the beginning of the 2009 season (the five don’t necessarily have had to have been flagged in the game, just deemed penalties when the league looks at them later). Linebacker Clark Haggans was fined $10,000 for a blow to the head/neck area in the same game.
— In that first game against the Rams, perhaps you remember Fitzgerald being targeted 15 times but only getting four catches. Much frustration that day, although Fitz said this week his health was “about 25 percent” for that game after he hurt his knee in preseason. “I wasn’t full-go at that point.”
— Tim Hightower usually does pretty well against the Rams, so that’s something to look for.
— So does Wilson. If there was ever someone who needed a standout game, it’s A-Dub. Of course, you could say that about a lot of Cards.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Clark Haggans, Derek Anderson, Jeremy Bridges, John Skelton, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald, O'Brien Schofield, Rams, Rolando Cantu, Sam Bradford, Steve Breaston, Tim Hightower
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